Summer can be the hungriest time of year for many children. This year, it’s even harder, as the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of families facing financial stress and need, making them more likely to face hunger.
We can make a difference. This summer, we hope you will join No Kid Hungry in our work to strengthen programs that help parents and caregivers stretch their grocery budgets and connect families to nearby sites where they can pick up free meals.
A Day For Action:
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides families with a benefit they can use to buy food at grocery stores and farmers markets, is one of our most effective tools to fight child hunger. On June 24, No Kid Hungry is hosting a Nationwide Day of Action to demand relief for hungry kids and families. We’re joining our collective voices to call on Congress to strengthen SNAP benefits in the next coronavirus relief package.
Please join us in sending an urgent message to your Members of Congress, telling them that the pandemic and recession have caused a catastrophic increase in child and family hunger. Urge them to make sure SNAP benefits keep up with the need. Then help us spread the word on social media through tools available in our No Kid Hungry Day of Action tool kit.
Expanding SNAP is critical to meet the needs of hungry kids during this crisis. Thank you in advance for speaking out.
An Online Event with Axios:
Please also join us on June 24, as No Kid Hungry and the DC political publication Axios host an online event focused on child hunger. The event will unpack the health, policy and economic implications of the pandemic and how leaders, schools and organizations alike can make a difference during this critical period. The half hour, which will also raise funds to support the No Kid Hungry mission, will feature guests including interviews with Share Our Strength National Policy Advisor (and former First Lady of Virginia) Dorothy McAuliffe and New York chef and author JJ Johnson as well as a conversation between Share Our Strength Founder Billy Shore and No Kid Hungry’s Director in Louisiana, Rhonda Jackson.